Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Week Five Summary

During Week Five we talked during class about a literature review and the definition for it. Literature Review   discusses available information in a specific subject area,  can be just a summary of the sources like the genre analysis we just did for class. A literature review can be just a  summary of the sources, but it usually has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis. In addition the e-book mentioned that literature review keep professionals current in their field.

Depending on the situation, the literature review may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant data and like mentioned earlier, can keep professionals up to date with their topic.For what I understand by reading the e-book is that the main focus of an academic research paper is to develop a new argument, and a research paper will contain a literature review as one of its parts.

In the other hand, on a research paper, we use the literature as a foundation and as support for a new ideas that we can contribute and add to the paper. The focus of a literature review, however, is to give an idea, summarize and synthesize the arguments and ideas of others without adding new contributions.

For what I understand by the e-book reading, research questions are part of the literature review and are required  and should be answered in different ways  without drawing conclusions or bias. The questions should be focus on a topic that is interesting to us.Research questions are important for witting a literature review because research questions help writers focus their research by providing a path through the research and writing process.

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